Last month, the local chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) held a fundraiser in Orange County, CA to raise money for a women’s shelter and for services for the homeless in Southern California. Hundreds of protesters descended on the event and jeered at and maligned the events’ attendees, who were mostly Muslim families who lived in the area (see video below).
A number of GOP elected officials spoke at the rally. Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA) said to the raucous and hateful crowd, “I’m proud of you, I’m proud of what you’re doing.” Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) said that the multiculturalism “has paralyzed too many of our citizens to make the critical judgment we need to make to prosper as a society.”
Republican Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly, who spoke alongside the congressmen, said that the fundraiser represented “pure, unadulterated evil.” She continued, “I don’t even care if you think I’m crazy anymore. I have a beautiful daughter, I have a beautiful 19 year old son who is a United States marines. As a matter of fact, I know quite a few marines who will be willing to help these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise.”
Many of the protester’s complaints centered around the presence of “Imam Siraj Wahhah & Br. Amir Abdel Malik” at the fundraiser. Wahhaj was named by a U.S. attorney as a co-conspirator to the 1993 WTC bombings but was never found guilty of any crime. Malik has voiced support for anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in the past.